Sunday, 22 June 2014

Day 33 22 June from Sarria to Vilacha as Cortes



The red sand is gone but  petals in various shapes adorn the green cypress leaves..


View from the top looking down the street...


The cross this morning with early morning mist over Sarria...


We stop at Monasteria Magdalena, one of the nicest churches...beautiful feeling of reverence in the church..


Many icons of Mary in the church..



The cloister...


And we're on the road again... With all the new pilgrims that have arrived.  To get a Compostela you have to have walked the last 100 km , so Sarria is a huge starting point...




We cross over the bridge, the yellow arrow back again clearly marking the way...


One hamlet/ village is just a couple Kilometres from the next... They seem to almost merge...



The 100 km sign...to Santiago..!



Beautiful streams..


I love the markings - even an arrow on a log... 


Wonderful shaded woodland paths, with groves of oak and chestnut Trees


But a little tough to ride... Very uneven surfaces...


Even in the little villages there is a shop / Tienda 


We stop for brunch at Morgade...lots of pilgrims stopping for coffee/ bocadillas..


Delightful indoor area ..


I talk to a couple from Barcelona who are walking with their 9 month daughter..how cute is she..



And there they come...


Forrest path..


Fields with wild foxgloves everywhere..


A pilgrims cross with a variety of decorations...and abandonments..


Pilgrim shrines





Galicia is known for its lushness..


Look at this wall...








We have booked into an Albergue owned by a South African...in Vilacha which means village..


Casa Banderas! Which means House of Flags.... So good to see theSouth African flag..


















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